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More Downeaster Trains on Track To Serve Freeport and Brunswick

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Travel | November 5, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine – The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA), managing agency of the Amtrak Downeaster passenger rail service, has announced more train service to Freeport and Brunswick beginning Monday, November 12, 2018.

Currently, the Downeaster operates five (5) round-trips each day between Portland and Boston, with three (3) of those round-trips extending to Freeport and Brunswick. Beginning November 12, two (2) additional round trips will serve Freeport and Brunswick on weekdays (5 round trips total), with one additional trip on weekends (4 round-trips total).

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Amtrak Downeaster to Expand Service in time for the Thanksgiving Travel Season

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | November 1, 2018

PORTLAND, ME. – Just in time for the holiday travel season, the Amtrak Downeaster will be expanding weekday service of all trains to Freeport and Brunswick, Maine; four of five daily round trips will serve Freeport and Brunswick on weekends. Currently, the Downeaster makes five daily round trips between Portland and Boston with only three extending to Freeport and Brunswick.    

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Extra Amtrak Trains Scheduled in Northeast for Thanksgiving Travel

By | News, Services and Schedules, Travel | November 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is accommodating the surge of holiday travelers, ensuring its passengers get to their Thanksgiving destination on time and safely with an enjoyable experience. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book early.

In response to customer demand, Amtrak Acela Express (Boston – Washington, D.C.) and Northeast Regional (Boston – Virginia) services will operate extended schedules with additional frequencies and capacity during Thanksgiving week. Additional Northeast Corridor trains, including the Keystone (New York – Harrisburg) will require reservations in advance of travel. Regular Amtrak booking procedures apply.

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Amtrak and Capitol Corridor Provide Increased Capacity for Thanksgiving Season

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | October 30, 2018

OAKLAND, Calif. – In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) are preparing to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with extra capacity on the Capitol Corridor train, which travels between Auburn/Sacramento and San Jose, including service to Berkeley, Oakland, and downtown San Francisco. The Capitol Corridor also serves a number of universities and as a result, will be adding extra bus trips before and after Thanksgiving for students traveling to and from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Chico State, and Humboldt State. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book early, especially if they have a bus connection as part of their travel.

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Amtrak Offers Four-Day Sale for Most Chicago Travel

By | News, Sales and Deals | October 29, 2018

Daylight Saving Time is ending this weekend, but Amtrak Saving Time starts now with a four-day sale for travel between Nov. 27, 2018, through May 22, 2019, on most routes to and from Chicago. There are no blackout dates, so this is a great time to scoop-up tickets on Amtrak.com or our free mobile apps for our roomy Amtrak coach seats to travel for December holidays, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day or even spring break.

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Travelers Encouraged to Book Thanksgiving Reservations Early on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | October 25, 2018

LOS ANGELES – In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with extra equipment and additional capacity on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner route, which travels between San Diego, Orange County,
Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book early.

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CTrail Shore Line East Monthly Pass Promotion and Additional Cross-Honoring with Amtrak

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Travel | October 18, 2018

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that CTrail Shore Line East (SLE) customers who purchase a November Shore Line East monthly pass will be eligible to ride Shore Line East service through December 31, 2018.  CTDOT also announced an expansion of Amtrak’s cross honoring program, which entitles Shore Line East monthly, weekly and ten-trip multi-ride ticket holders to ride Amtrak trains between New London, Old Saybrook and New Haven.

Customers should check shorelineeast.com for more information about the expanded Amtrak cross-honoring program which will run from Monday, October 22, through Friday, November 16.

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MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing

By | Commuter and State Partners, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Safety | October 18, 2018

$700,000 will help fund Amtrak project to install new gate and warning lights at Birnie Road crossing

LONGMEADOW – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced it has committed approximately $700,000 to help Amtrak make safety improvements at the public railroad crossing at Birnie Road in Longmeadow. This funding is expected to cover approximately 90% of the cost of the improvements. Amtrak, which owns the railroad line and is carrying out the project, will fund the remaining costs.

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